What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic process based on principles of learning theory and is used to make meaningful changes to behavior. ABA is considered best practice for the treatment of autism and serves as a foundation for all the services provided by Ally Pediatric Therapy. Many facets of your child’s behavior can be improved, including but not limited to:
- Challenging Behaviors
- Play Skills
- Self-help Skills
- Feeding Skills
While ABA is commonly associated with autism therapy, its applications are much broader. ABA is also used successfully with other childhood diagnoses as well as typically developing children and adults. Research has shown that broadening the scope of ABA beyond the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder increases collaboration with other professionals and yields positive results (Matson & Nebel-Schwalm, 2007; Ross, 2007).
The objective of each ABA session is to work towards mastery of each objective listed on the individualized treatment plan. ABA sessions can include a variety of teaching methodologies including, but not limited to, Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), behavior management, crisis intervention, etc. These teaching methodologies allow information to be presented in a systematic manner, providing more opportunities for your child to learn skills.
Our unique treatment approach combines the expertise of speech-language pathologists with evidence-based treatment methods based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Speech-language therapy sessions are conducted by an SLP or speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) based on an integrated plan of care developed by the licensed SLP. A speech-language plan of care is based on a comprehensive evaluation conducted at the onset of therapy to determine diagnosis and treatment and is signed by the child’s physician, and shared with parents. Comprehensive evaluations are conducted annually. Therapy sessions may include remediation of speech, language, feeding and/or social skill deficits.
At Ally Pediatric Therapy, we strive to provide the best therapy to the children we support. We believe, and research supports, that an integrated, evidence-based treatment approach is the most effective way to help our clients reach their full potential. Our team always puts the child first.
Using the expertise of our ABA and speech professionals, we create a unique treatment plan that addresses each child’s developmental deficits. Our collaborative approach extends to treatment delivery, where teamwork is embedded in how we operate, and clinicians share strategies and reinforce progress across all disciplines.